Whether you’re an individual, business owner or nonprofit organization, creating an account with Sustainne is easy.

1. Create a Free Individual Account

  • Click “Join Now”, select “Not A Member, Sign Up”, complete the form and login.
  • Individuals register for a free user account to:
    • Receive exclusive offers and coupons, along with awesome sustainable living content, in our newsletter.
    • Rate and review businesses to inform other users and provide feedback to businesses.
    • Email businesses directly from their Listings using a contact form
    • Save businesses you love to Favorites so you can easily access them next time.

2. Submit Your Business Listing

To become a Business Member, click “Add Listing”, choose the Business Membership plan that fits your organization (don’t click Continue just yet), review our Sustainability Pledge, Member Benefits and Terms of Use, then click Continue on the Business Membership plan you’ve chosen. You will be taken to the “Submit Listing” page to complete your listing form.  Fill in your business information so consumers can easily find and contact you, then add photos, videos, coupons and offers, certifications, accreditations, licenses, awards and badges. The more you add to your Listing, the more compelling it is to the Sustainne community. Click Save & Preview, make any edits, then Proceed to checkout. Login to your dashboard to edit your listing 24/7. For  a complete guide to completing your Listing, see “Do you have instructions for filling out the business listing form” in FAQ below.

3. Effectively Reach the Sustainable Consumer

Sustainne is much more than a sustainable business directory. We’re building an online community where a lifestyle of health and sustainability is more than just a cliché. We help our members implement practices that have a positive impact on the local economy, diverse community members, and the global environment.

And your Listing will look fantastic. Let’s be honest, the problem with most business directories is that they’re not very pretty and offer a one-dimensional user experience. Sustainne matches great multimedia content with fantastic functionality, making the user experience surprising and delightful. We look forward to learning about your business and inspiring the Sustainne Community to engage with you.

Join the Sustainne Community today!

FAQ

Business Membership

A listing is a business member benefit and a smart solution for any small to mid-sized business or nonprofit eager to reach the green consumer. Review our Business Membership page to determine your eligibility, review our Sustainability Pledge to be sure it’s a good fit, and choose an appropriate membership level. Creating your multimedia listing profile is part of the registration process, and you’ll be able to login to your account anytime to make updates and edits. Memberships are one-year subscriptions that auto renew annually. Click here to get started.

 

We welcome our business members to advertise by promoting their Listings on our website. Our ad services are accessible to business members via the account dashboard. Non-members may not advertise unless they are corporate sponsors. Corporate Sponsors play a vital role in community building through sponsorship of business networking events, public events, newsletters, publications, activities and guides. Click here to learn more about becoming a corporate sponsor.

We’re proud to have created a platform that prioritizes locally owned businesses. If your business provides goods or services that you believe would appeal to our users, please contact us even if you aren’t eligible to join. We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your interest.

National brands, multi-national companies are welcome to explore becoming a Corporate Sponsor. Click here to learn more and start a dialog.

We thought about it, and realized that we’d be biting off way much more than we could chew if we did that. So we work on the honor system, but also ask our Business Members to sign our Sustainability Pledge:

I pledge to manage my business in a way that positively impacts my employees, my community and the environment. I am committed to continuously improving my key sustainability practices including those outlined below. I will eschew the Seven Sins of Greenwashing and follow the FTC Guidelines for Environmental Marketing Claims.

Key Sustainability Practices

While we don’t certify businesses or their practices as sustainable, we do invite our Business Members to complete our Sustainability Survey to become eligible for Sustainne sustainability badges and awards. These businesses warrant that their responses are accurate and truthful, and are subject to penalties, including having their accounts suspended or memberships revoked, if they are found to violate our Terms of Use and Membership Agreement.

We’re always happy to update our list of  subcategories for businesses that don’t see the perfect fit.  We want your business to get found easily!  Please contact us at team@sustainne.com  to let us know the nature of your business and what subcategory you’d like to see it under.

It only take a few steps to join Sustainne as a Business Member. Here is a step-by-step guide to adding your business listing.

To get started, click on Add Listing from any page on the site.

You’ll want to scroll down the Business Membership Page to familiarize yourself with the many ways we connect our members with our growing community of sustainable consumers and with one another.

Make sure you’ve reviewed  our Eligibility Requirements and our Sustainability Pledge. And don’t worry – we don’t expect your business to be 100% sustainable – part of our mission is to help you set goals and create initiatives to reach them.

Choose the membership plans that best suits your business. Clicking Continue brings you to the Submit Listing page. (Once you’ve created your listing, you’ll be prompted to Pay and Publish it.

Now you’re ready to create your listing on Sustainne!

1. Gather the assets you need to complete your profile: a logo, at least 5 great photos, and a description of your products or services.

2. Fill out your basic profile – your business name, tagline, address, phone and website. The template is really easy to use and there’s lots you can add to make your listing stand out.  Type your town or city into the required field – making sure to use this format: comma, space CT – and also type your address into Google Maps and let it auto-populate. Don’t overwrite what comes up in Google. If the google address looks wrong, you can go to manual coordinates and use drop pin.  This will allow site visitors to find you on the map feature.  If you don’t want to share your street address, you can just type the name of your town, or even the state name.

You can use the default business hours, click to remove them and leave this blank, or add your own hours.  

We want you to get found in searches, so it’s important that you select one or more business categories, and be sure to also check off any special features associated with that category. The features will populate as you select the category. Contact us if you feel we should add a category.

Want to generate leads from your listing?  Add your email address to enable users to contact your from the form on your Listing.

Price range is an optional field.  It’s great for restaurants, stores or certain service providers.

You can now save your basic profile and come back to add and edit photos, videos, certifications, awards and more details anytime.

3. Save, Preview, Pay & Publish your listing.  Next, you’ll need to agree to our Terms of Use. We encourage you to look over this document as well as our Privacy Policy and other legal documents that detail our protections, protocols and rules of conduct.

When you’re ready, you can Save and Preview your listing.   Click and Publish now, or go back in and Edit, Update and Preview before selecting Pay & Publish.

To make your listing live, click on Pay & Publish

Select Stripe for payment  – it’s our one-stop service for credit card payments. Then select the listing. Make sure you see two green dots – one by the Stripe selection and one by your listing selection.  Now Proceed to Checkout.  

4. Make it sparkle and shine! After you’ve created your basic listing, you’ll want to enhance it with details that distinguish your business.

Got a sustainability story to tell? Share it with the Sustainne community in your detailed description.

Frequently asked questions is a great place to highlight something you want users to know about your business.

Add social media URLs, and keywords to help you get found in searches.

Now let your friends and fans know you’re part of our community. Share your listing on social media, send out the press release and post your badge on your website.

You can add a URL for your Youtube or Vimeo video that will be featured at the top of your listing.

Our site is full of beautiful images, and your listing displays photos in several ways.

Upload multiple photos by dragging and dropping them into the images field.  This is where you can add your logo. We recommend five or more photos here, so that they will fill the gallery display on the header of your listing.  

Use the Browse button below the images field to add a featured photo. Choose your favorite of the photos you uploaded to your gallery.  This photo will appear wherever your listing displays on the site as a card – on the home page, in category pages, search results and ads. This is the place where you can upload a featured promotion for an upcoming event or special offer.  We advise against using your logo here – it will be covered by text and will display better in the header gallery area.

You’ll want to visit your dashboard frequently to update your listing, check user engagement analytics , read and respond to reviews, and create ad campaigns.

We can’t wait to welcome you to the Sustainne community!

Contact Us

The easiest and most secure way to reach us is via our Contact Us page. You can also message us on our Facebook page. Media inquiries may be submitted on our Media page. Kindly read our media kit prior to contacting us. Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you!

First, it’s important to understand that even the most dedicated businesses will inadvertently make errors and omissions. Second, many businesses are not 100% sustainable, but still need and deserve our support as they transition to a more sustainable business model.

If you feel a business is somehow in violation of our Sustainability Pledge or has committed an egregious act, please let us know so we can work with our business member to address your concerns. We care about you and want you to feel validated, respected and heard. Businesses that are found to violate our Terms of Use and Membership Agreement will have their memberships terminated.

Events

We certainly plan to! Our events will be featured  in our newsletters, on our blog and on social media. We will participate in our Community Partners’ events as sponsors and exhibitors, and look forward to announcing Sustainne events. We are planning annual awards events and expos, both with support from our Corporate Sponsors.

Individual Membership

We encourage individuals and businesses to join Sustainne to enjoy all our member benefits and fully participate in our community. It’s free for individuals!

Join to:

  1. Stay in the know about sustainable products, services and happenings via our newsletter.
  2. Rate and review businesses to inform other users and provide feedback to businesses
  3. Save businesses you love to Favorites.
  4. Contact businesses directly from their Listings

Just login each time you visit the site (we’ll recognize you!) to make the most of your Sustainne experience.

Business owners, please visit our Business Membership page to learn more about the many benefits of becoming a member.

Yes, for individuals. Business memberships are paid. We make it easy and compelling for individuals to join Sustainne and fully participate as community members. This is not a freemium service, so you will never be charged for access to our content. No gated content, ever!

Join to:

  1. Receive exclusive offers and coupons, along with awesome sustainable living content, in our bimonthly newsletter.
  2. Rate and review businesses to inform other users and provide feedback to businesses
  3. Save businesses you love to Favorites to easy access them next time.

Just login each time you visit the site (we’ll recognize you!) to make the most of your Sustainne experience.

Join now. It’s FREE!

Businesses can learn more about the many benefits of joining here.

You may enjoy the site without registering, but only registered members can rate and review businesses, use our awesome Favorites feature, correspond with business owners via their Listings, and receive our newsletter.

Membership is free! This is not a freemium service, so you will never be charged for access to our content. No gated content, ever!

Use Favorites to organize your favorite “finds” for next time.

Click the save label on any business profile to save it to your list of Favorites. Look for the heart icon in your dashboard menu, then click on it to reveal your Favorites.

My Favorites

Use Favorites to organize your favorite “finds” for next time.

Click the save label on any business profile to save it to your list of Favorites. Look for the heart icon in your dashboard menu, then click on it to reveal your Favorites.

Specialty and Seasonal Guides

You bet! You can look forward to regular seasonal and specialty guides designed to help you make more informed and convenient buying decisions. These includes guides about celebrating Halloween and Thanksgiving locally and sustainably, home tips for the winter, holiday shopping, local-sustainable food, personal care, home energy, personal transportation, vacations, and more. Participation in our guides is an exclusive benefit afforded to our business members only.

Sponsorships

Visit our Corporate Sponsors page to learn more about the role of corporate sponsors and contact us to start a conversation. We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your interest.

Sustainability

Sustainability means using natural resources and human resources ethically, responsibly and regeneratively whenever possible. Sustainable business practices value human health, environmental health, global peace and security as well as financial prosperity.

Sustainne

Sustainne is a powerful and growing community dedicated to creating a New Economy where sustainability prospers. Audiences and brands unite on our platform, where we work to nurture and grow a community dedicated to sustainable living.

  • We connect local businesses with consumers who desire their sustainable products and services.
  • We network businesses with one another to strengthen and grow their ecosystem.
  • We promote our Community Partners to the Sustainne community to further their social missions.

Sustainne is a compound word derived from “sustain” and “ne”, which stands for “New Economy.”
/səˈstān/  – The dictionary defines “sustain” like this: “Strengthen or support physically or mentally, to uphold, to cause or allow something to continue for a long period of time.”

Our mission is to unite, nurture, and grow a community dedicated to sustainable living.  To help sustain a prosperous New Economy that uses natural capital* to support human needs and regenerate natural resources for the future.

*Natural Capital – human and natural resources